This guide is a short handbook focusing on two of the doorways (energy and water, purchasing and waste) while touching on aspects of the other six.

It outlines measures that can be taken to reduce your school’s environmental impact and make real cash savings while enhancing the teaching and learning element of sustainable working practices within the school. These measures would typically be managed by bursars within secondary schools, but could be initiated by teachers or other members of staff at all schools.

The guide is intended to provide practical advice on a wide range of measures within the National Framework for sustainable schools. It complements other initiatives such as s3 – the Sustainable School Self-evaluation tool – and elements of environmental management that are covered in more detail within the Certificate of School Business Management operated by the National College for School Leadership.